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Though the exact date of its founding is uncertain, it was first mentioned in history as Bristelmestune ("Bright Helm Stone") in 1086. It became popular during the 18th Century as a health resort and spa town, and became extremely popular as a holiday location after the railroad was built in 1841.
Today, Brighton is still a recognized vacation and tourism town, known for its crowded beaches, shopping, pier, and historic attractions.
People Born in Brighton
Brighton in People's Lives
Isabella Beeton: While on a vacation here with my husband and my son in December of 1861, my young son caught scarlet fever and died on New Year's Eve. We were devastated, and never returned to this city again.
James McAvoy: I traveled here in 2003 to film scenes of the movie Wimbledon. We filmed in various locations around the city, including Madeira Drive and the Marine Parade.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 1990 to film scenes of the movie Under Suspicion.
Olivia Hallinan: I was often here filming episodes of the TV show Sugar Rush, in which I play a lesbian teenager, from 2005 - 2006.
Ralph Fiennes: I traveled here in 1998 to film scenes of the movie The End of the Affair.